Tag:Michael Vick
Posted on: April 18, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Hillis a surprising finalist in Madden tourney

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though this would have been unthinkable before last season (and if there wasn’t a lockout right now, I probably wouldn’t have even thought to think about it), Browns RB Peyton Hillis is in the finals of the Madden ’12 cover tournament.

And with the way his fan base is performing, he’ll have an awfully good shot of defeating Eagles QB Michael Vick to win the cover.

Hillis, a No. 10 seed, easily beat Packers QB Aaron Rodgers 61-39 to advance to the finals, and he will face Vick – a No. 3 seed who knocked off Vikings RB Adrian Peterson 59-41.

With the exception of his 51-49 second-round victory against Falcons QB Matt Ryan, Hillis has cruised through the tournament, compiling at least 60 percent of the vote against each of his opponents.

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Top 15 selling jerseys in NFL

Posted by Andy Benoit

USA Today has published a list of the top 15 most popular NFL player jerseys from the past year. Without further ado:

1) Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
2) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4) Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
5) Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos
6) Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
7) Tom Brady, New England Patriots
8) Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
9) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
10) Eli Manning, New York Giants
11) DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
12) Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
13) Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
14) Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings
15) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

The data is based on sales from NFLShop.com.

Last year, Favre ranked No. 1 in jersey sales. Vick ranked 20th. Matthews wasn't even in the top 25.

Posted on: April 11, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Madden 12 cover voting down to 4 players

Posted by Will Brinson

The Madden 12 cover voting has moved on to another round, and now there are only four athletes remaining as possible jinx cover candidates.

Michael Vick, Adrian Peterson, Peyton Hillis and Aaron Rodgers remain with two rounds of voting to be held. (You can vote on Facebook should you be so inclined.)

Vick, who defeated Patrick Willis last round, and Rodgers, who took out Danny Woodhead, are the biggest favorites to make the cover.

Hillis is the definition of a darkhorse, as before the season started, the idea of him gracing America's favorite football game seemed, well, it didn't seem like anything, because it wasn't even a possibility.

Peterson could certainly win, although it's interesting that he reportedly turned down a chance to appear on the cover previously.

If I've got to guess, based on popularity, I think that Vick ends up netting his second cover -- he was on as an Atlanta Falcon -- by squeaking past Rodgers in the final.

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Posted on: April 11, 2011 4:35 pm
 

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:19 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Vick wants to reach out to Burress

Posted by Andy Benoit

You could have probably guessed that this story was coming at some point. It’s the “Michael Vick will reach out to Plaxico Burress” story.

Sure enough, the story is following the script. Vick told Les Bowen of Philadelphia Inquirer that he plans to connect with the former Giants receiver soon.

"I hope I can pay him a visit," Vick said. "I just want to reach out to him, talk to him. We have a good relationship . . . just congratulate him on getting through such a tough time, even though it's not the ideal situation, let him know there's plenty of optimism out there for him. I don't think his career's over by far. You look at Terrell Owens, he's 37, and playing like he's in his late 20s."

Yes, but Owens has arguably the most intense workout regime in the NFL. Burress (who turns 34 in August) has, at best, been running laps and lifting weights in the yard.

Vick says that since visiting Florida inmates last month, he’s been thinking about Burress a lot.

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Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Rodgers the favorite for Madden '12 cover

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

And from the “why shouldn’t Bodog.com put out odds for who will be voted as the Madden ’12 cover?” department, here are the odds for who will win the honor (and perhaps the vaunted curse).

Aaron Rodgers               2/3

Michael Vick                   3/2

Adrian Peterson             12/1

Jamaal Charles              12/1

Peyton Hillis                   12/1

Danny Woodhead           14/1

Drew Brees                     25/1

Patrick Willis                   30/1

If it’s me, I, of course, would go with Rodgers, because that seems so freakin’ obvious. Plus, you have to discount the PETA influence on Vick’s voters (that’s sarcasm, people). But if I was to go with a darkhouse, I’d go with Woodhead. His run in the past year has simply been outstanding (from the outhouse with the Jets to a major star with the Patriots), so why wouldn’t it continue?

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Posted on: April 7, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Vick will lead offseason workout

Vick Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Michael Vick and some of his Eagles teammates are the latest NFLers to begin making plans to work out together in the offseason, even though they’re barred from doing so at their team facilities.

Coming off his tremendously successful season – well, he was tremendous most of the season – it makes sense Vick is eager to get back on the field, earn his franchise tag money (a cool 16 million) and then get to working on a long-term contract.

"We've had a nice offseason, a little too long," Vick told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I wish we were in the offseason conditioning [program], but hey, we've still got each other, we can do it together."

You could say that, after a superhuman effort in the first half of the season, opposing defenses began to catch on to what made Vick so special. That – and probably the injury suffered vs. the Redskins – helped make the second half of the season good but not quite as great.

So, you’d have to wonder if the lockout is hindering Vick as he tries to build off the momentum from 2010. He doesn’t think so.

"I don't think it's hindering my development; I have almost every game plan from last year," Vick said. "I can look at all the things we did as an offense. It's all still instilled in my memory - it's in the memory banks. The only thing I miss is being able to learn the new things, the new wrinkles we want to put in the offense. But that only takes me 45 minutes, anyway. I'm definitely going to improve. I play the game of football in my mind each and every day. I watch a lot of film. I replay plays in my mind, mistakes that I made."

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Posted on: April 4, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Woodhead, Hillis advance in Madden tourney

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots RB Danny Woodhead continued his remarkable run in the Madden ’12 cover vote, but considering he’s matched up against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in the third round, his streak is probably about to end.

Woodhead, a dark-horse candidate at the beginning of the 16-man tournament, knocked off Giants WR Hakeem Nicks 57 percent-43 percent, but he’ll face a tough candidate in Rogers, who blasted Lions DT Ndamukong Suh 72-28 in the first round and Rams QB Sam Bradford 76-24 in the second round and appears only to be growing stronger.

In the other half of that side of bracket, Browns RB Peyton Hillis – originally a No. 10 seed as compared to Woodhead’s No. 4 – surprisingly edged Falcons QB Matt Ryan 51-49 and will meet Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles.

On the other side of the bracket, 49ers LB Patrick Willis – who upset Steelers WR Hines Ward in the second round – will meet PETA favorite/Eagles QB Michael Vick.

The final quarterfinals matchup between Saints QB Drew Brees and Vikings RB Adrian Peterson might be the most intriguing vote of the third round.

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